Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of early registration prices for the 7th annual Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk on March 22.
Athens' largest 5K has become an annual tradition, providing an early-spring opportunity for UGA alumni and friends to gather together and enjoy UGA's beautiful campus. T-shirts will be given to participants who register by Thursday, March 13 and to walk-up registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments will be provided after the race. An official Run & See Georgia Grand Prix race, participants can use their Dawg Trot time as a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race and other races across the country.
Dawg Trot is an official Dawgs on the Move event. Dawgs on the move is a UGA Alumni Association initiative to encourage UGA alumni and friends to get active. Dawgs on the Move supports the UGA Obesity Initiative, which addresses Georgia's obesity problem through treatment, prevention and research.
Start warming up for Dawg Trot and register today!
Kyle Green (BS ’12) is taking the “young” in “young alumni” to heart with his new American-made clothing line, Young Hearted Apparel.
Following graduation, Green didn't quite feel like a full-fledged adult. Young Hearted Apparel is inspired by this feeling, and appeal to “fledgling adults not quite ready to settle into life in solid stripes or basic patterns.” The line features clothing emblazoned with sea life, funky patterns, and pop art representing beloved characters of '90s television.
However, style is not Green’s only goal. He places great emphasis on the quality and origin of his products, too, using only high-grade materials and American production. The alumnus further emphasizes the point, “Producing it outside of America was one thing I wouldn’t bend on. The U.S. apparel manufacturing industry has seen such a loss, and with the economy and outsourcing being a major talking point in the last election, there was no way I was going to follow in the footsteps of other fashion companies with regard to this issue.”
Green cites UGA as having helped shape his clothing line. He credits his desire to have fun with his “young hearted mindset,” and acknowledges the important guidance he received from his professors as he built his business. “[My professors] are the ones who prepared me and gave me the tools and confidence to enter the professional world.”
Congratulations, Kyle, on all your success! Sounds like we might have a future Bulldog 100 business owner in our midst!
Some of you may recall a series of alumni seminars that used to be held on campus. The UGA Alumni Association is pleased to share that the University of Georgia is reviving this series and refreshing it for today's audience. From March 20-22, the first ever Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar will be held at the Georgia Center's UGA Hotel and Conference Center. The theme for this year's three-day educational gathering is "The Best of UGA."
Our office, in cooperation with the Office of Academic Programs, UGA Libraries and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, is hosting this special event that will feature lectures and interactive presentations by university faculty and staff. The presentations will cover a wide variety of topics, including the revitalization of Georgia's towns to stem cell research, national intelligence and privacy. Attendees also will be treated to exclusive events on campus, such as a breakfast with UGA deans and tours of the Georgia Museum of Art and Special Collections Libraries. The full schedule for the 2014 Return to the Arch Alumni seminar is available here.
The seminar is open to the public and all alumni are encouraged to attend for an immersive look at Georgia's flagship institution of higher education. Please note that the hotel room block at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center will close this Friday, March 6. For registration information, please click here. Registration can also made over the phone at 800-884-2134 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Our office hopes to see lots of familiar and new faces for this special occasion. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Katie Fite at 706-542-0383 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in a few weeks!
A little more than 20 years ago, I was setting up my dorm room in Rutherford Hall and preparing for my first quarter at the University of Georgia. That year, and each one thereafter, I came to know wise professors, extraordinary students, and the satisfaction that I would one day represent the University of Georgia as a graduate … a Georgia Bulldog.
Since graduation, I have focused on engaging alumni and friends with the university. Colleagues, administrators and alumni have inspired me to lead, listen and create. Former UGA Alumni Association Executive Director, and my friend, Deborah Dietzler, has encouraged me since my first days working for the Alumni Association. I am thankful for her guidance, and will cheer for her as she embraces a new beginning in the UGA Office of Development.
Today, I introduce myself to you as the interim executive director of the Office of Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia. I welcome your participation in all that we do. Regional chapter leaders are at the ready to involve you in your own corner of the Bulldog Nation. I encourage you to participate in key programs such as the Bulldog 100, 40 Under 40, Dawg Trot and UGA Days. Interact with the Alumni Association on social media and share your news with our team. When you are called upon to support the University of Georgia, do so to show your loyalty. After all, being an alumnus of UGA is not only an honor - it is a joy.
You - students, graduates, supporters, faculty, staff and friends - are celebrated with each ring of the chapel bell and each toss of the cap during commencement. All of the traditions that we hold dear belong to us. I am calling you, as I have been called, to join in and be present at UGA. There is a place for you in all that we do on behalf of this institution. Join us in honoring our history - and preparing for our future. Go Dawgs!
Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS '00)
Admittedly, I did not grow up dreaming of being an alumni director, but when I discovered the field in August 1992, I knew I had found the job for me. As I settled into this career, it became my dream to do this work at one of the nation's premier universities, and I have been blessed to have had that opportunity for the last 17 years, 10 of which I have served as executive director.
Leading the Office of Alumni Relations and the UGA Alumni Association has been tremendously rewarding, and I am grateful for the many wonderful relationships that have resulted from meeting UGA's alumni in my travels around the Bulldog Nation. There are simply no words to eloquently convey my gratitude.
This is by no means goodbye. I am excited about my new role as Executive Director of Campaign Engagement and look forward to working with you, our treasured graduates, as we take UGA to new heights. To continue our university's upward trajectory and cement our place among the world's best, we must involve more alumni in support of our mission.
You and your fellow graduates are making a difference around the world every day. Your success is crucial evidence of the value of a UGA education. I know we can count on you to answer your alma mater's call and help us enhance the UGA experience for future generations.